Draft Water Bill suggests basin-level management: Amid several inter-State disputes over river water sharing, the Center has brought final draft of the National Water Framework Bill, 2016, that stresses managing water at basin-level and the right measurement of State’s contribution to river system to resolve conflicts.
Sweden’s SAAB sweetens deal for Gripen jet: In an aggressive push to capture a share in India’s fighter aircraft market, Swedish aerospace major SAAB has offered its latest radar technology as part of the Gripen fighter package, along with technology transfer.
The alphabet soup at Goa: As Indian foreign policy looks westwards, the BRICS summit offers India an opportunity to calibrate its outreach to multiple powers.
Resetting the moral compass: As the next UN Secretary-General, António Guterres is expected to swing the pendulum back to diplomacy, and away from the last five years that have resulted in the unraveling of countries due to the ‘use of force’.
Market size helping Indian firms post rapid growth: The number of Indian firms among the global rapid-growth companies identified by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has almost doubled from 2014. The sheer scale of the Indian market, and the necessary innovation made by Indian companies, make them highly competitive at the global level.
Tread carefully: Personal law reform is desirable. But a consensual approach will be needed to take it forward.
India’s Ocean opportunity: India could be at the heart of future global growth by forging economic links with Indian Ocean rim countries.
The Reserve Bank of India’s new neutral rate: The central bank is lowering the policy rate despite its relatively pessimistic assessment of inflationary pressures.